There were a number of low scores at The Players Championship in Round 1, and the top competitors will try to keep it up as the action continues Friday.
Martin Kaymer enters the second round as the tournament leader after posting a 63 in his first 18 holes. Russell Henley and Sang-Moon Bae were right on his tail through the first round thanks to consistent performances from both players.
Of course, a whole host of players just off the lead are looking to remain in contention throughout the weekend.
Here is an updated look at the current leaderboard followed by the top storylines to watch going into Round 2.
For a full look at the leaderboard, go to PGATour.com.
Can Kaymer Keep It Up?
In Round 1, Kaymer put together a round golfers dream about. After starting on the back nine, he failed to turn heads with his two-under-par score of 34. However, he woke up in the second half the day and posted an incredible 29 in his final nine holes.
He tied a course record with his 63, but the 29 is a mark that belongs to just him:
En route to his 63, Kaymer became the first to shoot 29 on either nine at TPC Sawgrass (front nine). There have been 22 to shoot 30.— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 8, 2014
As Justin Ray of ESPN.com notes, Kaymer has not had much success recently:
Since Martin Kaymer became world no. 1, he's made 39 stateside stroke play @PGATOUR starts. 0 wins, 2 top-10s, 0 outright leads until today.— Justin Ray (@JRayESPNGolf) May 8, 2014
While the talent is obviously there, it seems like the German star has lost confidence in recent years. He will hope that this great start will get him back on track.
Kaymer reached the green in regulation in 17 of 18 holes while showcasing some impressive putting throughout the round. He does not hammer the ball off the tee, but he is accurate and always found a way to put himself in good position going forward.
If he can post similar scores in the next few rounds, he should be able to leave with his first title of the season.
Top Names That Can Rise
While Kaymer put himself in good shape with his opening round, a number of players are capable of challenging for the top spot after strong efforts on Day 1.
A bunch of players are sitting at five strokes under par, but Justin Rose, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia stand out as experienced golfers who know how to close out tournaments. Westwood had a nearly flawless day with no holes over par, while Rose and Garcia each paired six birdies with one bogey.
Those consistent performers should be able to continue their strong efforts over the next three days and contend for a title. Garcia is especially hoping for a better finish after his collapse at Sawgrass last season.
Still, the big name to watch out for is Jordan Spieth. The 20-year-old phenom has been playing well all year and has impressive focus, as noted by Kelly Tilghman of Golf Channel:
Jordan Spieth shoots 67 at Players then tells me he can't afford to have "pinch yourself" moments because you'll stop moving forward #gamer— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) May 8, 2014
Many players are in contention for a title, but these are the names to watch for in the coming days.
Is Rory McIlroy Ready for a Huge Day?
When it comes to finishing high at the end of tournaments, Rory McIlroy has been incredibly consistent. He has finished in the top 10 in five of his seven stroke-play events this year, finishing 11th and tied for 25th in the other two starts.
Although he has not won a tournament since 2012, he has posted some impressive scores this year.
Unfortunately, he has struggled to remain consistent from round to round. McIlroy has four rounds of 75 or higher this season to counter his five rounds of 66 or lower.
After his middling 70 in Round 1 on Thursday, you can expect some more drama in the next few days. The question is whether fans will see the good or the bad on Friday.
McIlroy is hopeful about his chances, according to BBC Sport: "I played really solidly for the first 11 holes but let a few shots get away from me at the end. But I feel like my game is in good enough shape and that I can go out tomorrow and shoot something in the 60s. It is a course that has frustrated me in the past but I feel like I learnt how to play it last year."
If he can avoid bad mistakes, he should be able to put up a lot of birdies and climb up the leaderboard in Round 2.
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